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CIPFA Highways and Transportation Estimates Statistics

October 1996

This publication contains information on actual expenditure in 1994/95 and planned expenditure in 1996/97 together with related statistics on the construction and maintenance of roads, the support of public transport and other matters relating to transportation.

There are significant changes in the presentation of this years statistics due to Local Government reorganisation effective from 1 April 1996. In England this has resulted in 13 new Unitary Authorities in addition to the Isle of Wight Unitary Council which came into existence on 1 April 1995. Reorganisation in Wales resulted in 22 new Unitary Authorities to replace all 8 Welsh County Councils.

Adjustments have been made to the class totals to account for column references and incomplete data. Therefore, the sum of the individual authorities' figures in the column may not agree with the class total. Futhermore, in some cases, totals have also been adjusted as a result of column references in other sections.

In order to enable more meaningful comparisons to be made, for the first time grossed totals are included for each class of authority on pages 38 to 47 and pages 64 to 67. These take into account missing information and non-response. Grossing has been effected for financial data by referring to information returned on DoE forms RO4 and RA96/97 and for non-financial data by using information submitted by non-responding authorities in previous years.

Figures in the commentary and summary tables refer to the 'grossed up' data. This is a departure from previous years' publications where summary tables included returned data only, and for this reason year on year comparisons have been omitted from the statistics. These will, of course, be re-introduced as soon as an adequate time series is available.

In 1996/97 local authorities in England and Wales are expecting total capital and current expenditure on highways and transportation to amount to 3,831m compared to 4,064m in 1994/95, a decrease of 5.7% over the two year period. Tables 1 and 2 illustrate.

The most significant area of current expenditure is on the maintenance on highways. As illustrated in Figure 1 this accounts for 1,491m, (58.9%) of local authorities' 1996/97 expenditure plans.

Figure 2 shows how the resources will be used and provides a comparison between principal roads and other local authority maintained roads. Maintenance expenditure in figure 2 excludes expenditure by Non-Metropolitan Districts.

Readers are requested to refer to the general notes and the notes on individual authorities before attempting to interpret the statistics.

Summary of all Authorities' 1996/97 Estimates
Summary of all Authorities' 1994/95 Actuals
Summary of all Authorities' 1996/97 Expenditure Plans
Use of Maintenance Resources 1996/97 (including GLA).

October 1996

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